The Chicago Fire
October 8, 1871 the Great Chicago Fire.
The Great Chicago Fire
On October 8, 1871 the great Chicago fire started. The great Chicago fire started in the O'Leary's barn about 40 feet away from their home. The fire broke out a little after nine o'clock. The firefighters that were sent first were given the wrong neighborhood and by the time they finally got to the fire the fire was raging out of control. By 4:00 most of the fire moved north. After two days, the rain began to fall and it put the fire out. At least 300 people were dead and 100,000 people were homeless after the fire. 200 million dollars worth of property was destroyed. The fire was one of the most spectacular events of the nineteenth century. Most of the firefighters were exhausted from the day before because there was a large fire before the great Chicago fire happened. Every time the firefighters took a stand the fire jumped right over them and carried by the wind and another fire started. Also the summer of the fire was very dry so it was very easy for a fire to start. And some people drank themselves into complete drunkenness and died in the fire.